Cuban Revolution

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On the trails of the Cuban revolutions.

There have been two revolutions that have had a lasting impact on Cuba. At the end of the 19th century Cuba regained independency from the Spanish with the help of the USA and the national hero José Martí. The second revolution took place in 1959, led by Fidel Castro and his comrades-in-arms Ernesto Che Guevara, Camilo Cienfuegos and Raul Castro. Cuba, a county with an impressive history.

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At 9 am our guide awaits us with the e-bikes in the park Mariana Grajales, calle 23 / entre C y D, La Habana / Vedado, named after the mother of the revolution´s hero General Officer Antonio Maceo (1845-1896). As an alternative, an individual meeting point can be settled for closed groups. After a short introduction to the e-bikes, client’s bike adjustments to each individual height and some general information about the roads and rules of Cuban traffic, we are ready to begin our discovery-trip with the e-bikes. As you will quickly notice, the means of transportation in Cuba are different from what we are used to.

On our way to the historical sites of the revolution, side by side with old-timers or horse drawn carriages, we discover La Habana. Today we will learn a lot about Cuban history and the revolutionary shaped present. The year 1959, when the bearded rebels crew over Fulgencio Batista, marked a turning point in Cuban history. Fascinating and exciting anecdotes are waiting for you – Get ready for a journey through time.

We start our tour in the district of Vedado, pass the former hotel Hilton, which was renamed Habana Libre shortly after the revolution, cycle through the narrow streets of Centro Habana until we stop at the Museum of the Revolution, which is located right in front of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. We will not visit any museum on this tour, as some would spend days inside, and eventually our tour would suffer. Anyway you cannot cycle through most museums, so that those visits may be done on your bike-free days. But at least you know how to find them afterwards. Of course, you will receive information about revolutionary processes and etcetera throughout our tour. You will be able to take some photos of the yacht “Granma” within spitting distance. From there we ride to the Parque Central, where we can admire the first statue, which was erected to pay homage to José Martí, in Cuba. Here we can already see El Capitolio, the faithful replica of the White House in Washington, nevertheless the dimensions of the building will take us by surprise, once we stand in front of it. In the center of Havana we pass several magnificent buildings from an era that we often know only from history lessons or documentaries. Buildings, partly urgently in need of renovation, but still full of charm, as well as beautiful renovated buildings that reflect nowadays the spirit of their heyday.

Due to the declaration by UNESCO as a cultural heritage of humanity, La Habana Vieja obtains funds for reconstruction. This also allows us to take a look at the past, so that we might not forget our so instructive history in future times. Just to mention some interesting buildings: the Hotel Gran Manzana Kempinski, the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, the Hotel Saratoga, the Edificio Barcadi, Fábrica de Tabacos Partagás…

If opened on that day we will visit the birth house of José Martí, which is directly in front of the historical train station of Havana. By now we are already in the district of Habana Vieja.

José Martí is the national hero and revolutionary of the nineteenth century. Afterwards we take El Prado, the most beautiful promenade in Havana built in 1772, which starts at the Parque de la Fraternidad and ends 2km after at the Malecón. It was the first paved road in Havana and was built inspired by the Ramblas of Barcelona and Madrid. We move along the Malecón, side by side with Chevys of the fifties, Buiks, Oldsmobile, Cadillac, Ladas and Moskovichs, towards the reopened Embassy of the United States of America. Afterwards we pass the Avenida de los Presidentes and reach the Avenida Paseo and the impressive Revolution Square. Here, surrounded by a gigantic José Martí statue, the obelisk as the highest point of Havana, the national library, the national theater, the seat of the communist party, some ministries with gigantic heads and sayings of Ernesto Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, we might feel the atmosphere that must have occurred when Fidel Castro spoke to millions of Cubans. We believe that this place has something special, an appeal that is particularly remarkable on days like the 1st of May and 26th of July, when crowds of people from all over the country participate in their marches and celebrations. From there we move slowly towards our also revolutionary starting point.

 

Highlights

Museo Casa Natal de Martí, Museo 28 de septiembre (CDR), Museo de la Revolución (desde afuera), Memorial Granma, Malecón, Tribuna Antiimperialista, Plaza de la Revolución, Casa de Las Américas.

 

Included

  • Guide (English, German, Spanish, other languages, on request)
  • E-bike
  • Helmet
  • 1 bottle of water 500ml
  • Lunch (with 2 softdrinks)     
  • Entrance: Museum birth house of José Marti       

Level of difficulty

Easy

 

Remarks

Clothing:

Sneaker or closed shoes, sunglasses, sun protection

 

Visits to the museums depending on the opening hours. Modifications/changes possible, according to the opening hours of the museums.

Museum of the Revolution: seen from the outside. Entrance is not included.

Lunch: Location and time may vary based on availability.

 

Mandatory information

Sex (female/male):

female / male (including the information if there is any special condition regarding body size / weight of clients or if there is any disability / handicap)

 

Kids:

There is a no minimum age, only a minimum body size of 1.40m

 

Trailer for kids / seats:

For our future bikers we offer a special trailer o seat for kids.

Max weight: 25 kg. The availability of these trailers / seats are always “on request”.

 

Weather

Although Cuba has over 300 days of sunshine a year, it can also give a violent Cuban Caribbean shower. Since this rain has rather shower temperature, we can continue with the motto "biking in the rain" with or without poncho or we make a drink break.

 

Cancellation policies

  • 7 - 3 days before arrival:   50%
  • 2 - 1 day before arrival:   80%
  • No Show & cancellation 24 horas before arrival:  100%

Notes

All not explicitly listed services are not included in the price, no tips and alcoholic beverages except local beer during meals.

We recommend the travel participants the previous conclusion of a travel accident, travel sickness and travel liability insurance. Für nicht durch Cubyke nachweislich verursachte Schäden der Teilnehmer übernimmt Cubyke keine Haftung. Cubyke accepts no liability for damages not caused by Cubyke. Alle Räder sind immer in einem technisch einwandfreien Zustand. All bicycles are always in a technically perfect condition.